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Sony has suggested that it is unconcerned by the recent raft of next-gen game delays, stating there are ‘pros and cons’ to titles being held back.

With a number of high-profile next-gen titles have been pushed back into a 2015 launch window – including the likes of The Order: 1886, Elder Scrolls Online and Batman: Arkham Knight – Sony has suggested that these delays will only help spread  the appeal of consoles such as the PS4.

“You can look at it several different ways,” Fergal Gara, Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment UK said addressing the latest wave of game delays.

Speaking with TrustedReviews at E3 2014 he added: “There are pros and cons to slips. I would always vote that it is better to have a delay on a great game than to rush it out and be average.

“Nobody wins from that. The gamer doesn’t win, and ultimately the business doesn’t win either because the game won’t perform to the levels that it should.”

Despite a number of high-profile postponements, the usually rammed pre-Christmas launch window will still see the likes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny hit the Xbox One and PS4. Further titles still on track for a late 2014 release include FIFA 15, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Battlefield Hardline.

“I think there are enough [games] that are going to make it out before Christmas to mean it really is worth buying a PS4 this Christmas,” Gara stated.

Looking for a silver lining in the mass of missing titles, he added: “Also, based on what we know so far, it is going to a great, strong start to 2015 as well.”

“You’ve got Batman coming next year. You’ve got The Order coming next year and several others that mean you have real quality launching in 2015.”

An early theme of the next-gen console race, game delays arc back to the arrival of the Xbox One and PS4, with the likes of Watch Dogs and DriveClub having both been intended as launch titles before being pushed back.

Although a disappointment for gamers, Gara doesn’t see these delays as a serious issue.

“If Watch Dogs had come out last November then we would be in the middle of a big drought now,” he said. “We wouldn’t have had that big title come in May so there are pros and cons [to delays].”

He added: “We have just come through the tricky months and I see the period from September through to December being really, really strong, with Destiny spearheading the launches this Christmas.”

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